STEP Journal Editorial Board

Meet the Editorial Boards of the STEP Journal and Trust Quarterly Review (TQR)

STEP Journal Editorial Board

Blathain Iqbal, Managing Editor

Blathain IqbalBlathain is Managing Editor of STEP Journal and its supplements. She works closely with the editors to publish 14 magazines a year. STEP Journal is the highest circulation trust and estates magazine in the world.

Blathain is also part of the team responsible for the production of the annual STEP Directory and Yearbook.

Contact Blathain on editor@step.org

Stephen Arthur TEP

Stephen ArthurStephen is a Barrister at Temple Tax Chambers in London and a member of the London Central STEP branch. He qualified as a solicitor in 1974, transferring to the Bar in 2002. Until 2008, he was chair of the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for several years.

He is experienced in UK domestic and international taxation, corporate and individual, including trusts, pensions and share options, estate planning and indirect taxation.

He also has experience of partnership structuring and dispute resolution. Outside direct legal practice, Stephen Arthur has been a City merchant banker and managing director in Switzerland of the trust company of a substantial Swiss private bank, which became part of one of the world’s largest financial service groups.

Stephen is also a tutor for the trust and company law examinations of the STEP Diploma in Offshore Trust Administration and Management.

Stanley Barg TEP

Stanley BargStan Barg practises international tax law and estate planning. He advises clients throughout the world on establishing and maintaining international trusts, assisting them with establishing international insurance policies for tax and estate planning purposes. In addition, he advises clients from Europe, South Africa and Canada among other jurisdictions about pre-immigration tax planning.

Stan is currently Chair of the STEP Mid-Atlantic branch and participates in STEP's International and Public Policy Committees, which conduct internal discussions and develop public policy positions on behalf of STEP on the issues relating to cross-border and international practice. Stan is also Vice-Chairman of STEP USA. He is a member of the ABA's Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and International sections, the International Bar Association, and the International Tax Planning Association.

Admitted to practise in Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia, Stan is a frequent speaker and author. He is a 1975 graduate of the New York University School of Law (LLM, taxation) and a 1974 graduate of the George Washington University National Law Centre.

Maureen Berry TEP


Maureen BerryMaureen Berry TEP is a partner at Goodmans LLP. Maureen's practice focuses on tax law with an emphasis on private corporation taxation, executive compensation, estate planning and taxation of trusts and estates, corporate income taxation, domestic and international taxation, REITs and income funds. She also has an expertise in the taxation of charities and non-profit organisations.

Maureen has been recognised as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers Global The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and as a leading private client lawyer by PLC’s Which Lawyer?

She has taught courses in the taxation of trusts, international tax and estate planning at the University of Toronto, Western University and Osgoode Hall Law School and was an instructor at the Bar Admission Course in the areas of tax and estate planning and international and corporate tax for a number of years.

Maureen has published numerous papers and has spoken at many professional seminars. She is a contributing author to the tax section of The Canadian REIT Handbook published by REALpac.

Nicholas Dale TEP

Nicholas DaleNicholas qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1980 and moved to Switzerland in 1982 to work in the trust department of Guyerzeller Zurmont Bank a subsidiary of Midland Bank Ltd, before it was taken over by HSBC. Altogether, he spent 31 years with HSBC Guyerzeller AG and thereafter HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA, during which time he supported international clients on wealth planning issues. He managed HSBC Guyerzeller's trust activities from 1998 until 2006 and was thereafter active as  a Senior Wealth Advisor for clients. He was also a  Member of General Management of HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA and a board member of HSBC Guyerzeller Trust Company AG until July 2013. Still based in Zürich, Nicholas is now an independent consultant with ND Consulting GmbH working with a number of international families.

He was one of the founder members of the Swiss-German and Liechtenstein Branch of STEP and was its chair for several years. He was a STEP Council member and is currently a member of the STEP International Committee.

Tom Dumont TEP

Tom DumontTom is a Barrister in Radcliffe Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn.

He has a mixed advisory and litigation practice in the private client field. He acts for banks, trustees, solicitors and accountants who are sued for negligence or breach of trust, as well as victims of forged wills and family members cut off without a shilling.

He lectures widely on trusts and tax. He sits on the STEP Probate and Estates Committee, as well as being a committee member of the Charity Special Interest Group. He is a Vice-Chair of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee, with special responsibility for private client issues.

He plays cricket, loves poetry, wine and the countryside.

Chris Erwood TEP

Chris ErwoodChris is the Tax Director for Erwood & Associates. She is Chair of STEP’s West of England branch. She is a lecturer and contributor to technical journals and trade publications in her specialist field of tax advice and planning for high-net-worth clients.

Chris is a fully qualified associate of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation and STEP, and a member of the Institute of Indirect Taxation. She has 30 years’ experience in the tax industry, reflecting a broad mix of industry, accountancy and HMRC experience.

Paolo Panico TEP

Paolo Panico - SETP Journal Editorial BoardPaolo Panico is a solicitor and notary public in Scotland, an avocat in Romania, and on such basis is a member of the Luxembourg Bar. He is also chairman of Private Trustees SA, an independent trust and corporate service provider with registered office in Luxembourg.

Paolo has an academic background and is currently an adjunct professor of Legal Structures at a Master in Private Wealth Management of the University of Luxembourg. He has lectured at some Universities in Italy, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe (Romania, Prague, St Petersburg).

Paolo is Deputy Chairman of STEP, Benelux branch. He is an academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). He has been a member of the Committee of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) since 2012 and he was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2015

Paolo’s publications include articles in specialized journals and the books Private Foundations: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, March 2014) and International Trust Laws (Oxford University Press, 2010), the second edition of which is expected in March 2017.

Morven McMillan TEP


Morven McMillan is a leading offshore lawyer with extensive experience in international trusts and private client work. She has a mixed contentious and non-contentious trusts practice and has been involved in a number of the most important private client cases in the Cayman Islands in recent years. Morven was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1996, first admitted to practice in the Cayman Islands in 2001 and admitted in the BVI in 2013. She is top-ranked in Chambers Global, where she is described as “the best in the business”. Morven speaks regularly at international conferences and is a co-editor of International Trust Disputes (OUP).

Rosemary Marr TEP

Rosemary MarrRosemary is Part of the Trust and Corporate team at Moore Stephens, Jersey. She was Chair of STEP for two years, as well as being a former Chair of the Jersey Branch of STEP.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, having originally qualified with the ACIB (Trustee) qualification and has been involved in the financial services industry in the UK and Jersey for more than 30 years.

Rosemary has held positions at a senior (director) level, including managing director of the Jersey office of an international trust group. Her specialist areas include: estate planning, structuring and managing offshore trusts and companies. She is an Accredited Mediator.

She is Chair of STEP’s Professional Development Committee and a presiding judge for the STEP Private Client Awards.

Simon Rylatt TEP

Simon RylattSimon is a Partner at Boodle Hatfield in London and specialises in UK and international tax and estate planning for individuals and trusts, as well as advising on high value, contentious trust and estate disputes for both onshore and offshore clients.

In addition, he advises on wider estate planning strategies for wealthy families and their businesses (including wealth protection structures, governance, divorce issues and generational succession planning). Simon joined Boodle Hatfield in 2000, becoming an Associate in 2003 and a Partner in 2005. He is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Law Society Probate Section.

Trust Quarterly Review (TQR) Editorial Board

Robin MacKnight TEP

Robin-MacknightRobin is a Partner at Wilson Vukelich LLP in Ontario, Canada. His practice includes tax, business and estate planning and implementation, dispute resolution with federal and provincial revenue authorities and public policy submissions to all levels of government. Robin also teaches in the graduate program at Osgoode Hall Law School, was one of the original faculty of the University of Waterloo Master of Tax program where he was the thesis supervisor and taught an emerging issues course for ten years, and has taught at Queen's University Law School, the Harvard Law School International Tax Program, the University of Calgary law school and the bar admission courses in Ontario and Alberta. Robin has served on several advisory committees to the CRA and industry associations.He was a director of STEP Canada for over ten years and is now a member of STEP's Worldwide Council and its Public Policy Committee.

Ed Powles TEP

Ed PowelesEd is an Associate at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP. He advises financial institutions and individuals on a range of commercial and private client matters. He focuses in particular on family, charitable and commercial trusts, and onshore and offshore personal taxation.

He obtained his MA and LLM from Cambridge University before joining Allen & Overy LLP as a trainee in 2002.

Carolyn Sparke QC TEP

Carolyn took Silk in 2012 after signing the Bar Roll in 1991. She read with Noel Magee QC, after Articles and solicitor experience at Minter Ellison. Carolyn specialises in equity/wills and probate law. Her practice is in general commercial work, including superannuation disputes, property law, corporations.

Appearance work is focused in the Supreme and County Court. Carolyn appeared in a number of cases involving testators, family maintenance claims (for executors and for children and various other claimants) and testamentary capacity and other estate and trust-related matters.

Keith Wallace

Keith WallacePreviously head of the pensions department, Keith is now a consultant at Reed Smith. He joined Richards Butler as a partner in 1984 and has specialised in trusts and pensions since 1968. He also has extensive experience of custodianship, stocklending, collective funds, derivatives and legal issues affecting public trusts of all kinds. He has held various Financial Services Authority approved roles.

Keith has served on the Takeover Panel and was the first lawyer to be elected to the NAPF Investment Committee. He continues to assist the NAPF on financial services issues. He founded and for 16 years chaired a successful asset management company.

He was a founding Committee Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and for 16 years edited British Pension Lawyer, the legal journal he started. He is a Member of the Council of TACT, The Association of Corporate Trustees.

David Wallace Wilson TEP

David Wallace WilsonDavid is a Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer, advising private clients, trustees, banks, and family offices on Swiss and international wealth planning, matrimonial law and succession, trusts, private trust companies and other succession vehicles. His additional areas of expertise include anti-money laundering and art law.

He is admitted to the Geneva Bar and the New York Bar. He is the Swiss contributor to Glasson’s ‘International Trust Laws’ and the editor of www.trusts.ch

Since 2004, David has served as an officer on the STEP Geneva committee and on the scientific committee of the Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management (SACTM). He also lectures for the Certificate in Compliance Management and the Economic Crime Institute.

He is fluent in English, French and German.

Shelley White TEP


Shelley White joined Walkers' Cayman Islands office in 2010 and is a Partner in the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Group and Trust Disputes Group. She specialises in trusts litigation, insolvency litigation and also works on general commercial litigation. Having practised at the Chancery Commercial Bar in London from 2003 until 2010, Shelley is a specialist advocate and regularly represents clients in court.

Shelley is an honourary international member of the Chancery Bar Association, a member of STEP and a member of IWIRC. She has been a member of the ABI and was a member of the Chancery Bar Association in London from 2003 until 2010. Shelley was an elected member of the Bar Council from 2007 until 2010.

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